Lawsuit filed after baby was stillborn

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By Special to The Sun


A Springfield couple has filed a lawsuit against Lebanon Physicians for Women after their child, Jeremy, died.

Marilu and Santiago Tzanahua Mendez of Springfield filed the lawsuit Oct. 31 in Marion Circuit Court against Lebanon Physicians for Women, Dr. Mark Ackermann and Dr. Lynval T. Reynolds.
According to the complaint, Marilu Mendez underwent a Cesarean section on Nov. 3, 2011, and this procedure was performed by Ackermann.
The complaint reads that Marilu Mendez was “full term and gave birth to a severely macrosomic stillborn child due to the unacceptable delay in scheduling the delivery of her baby.” The Mendez family argues in the complaint that the delivery should have occurred days or weeks earlier based on the information garnered through prenatal care.
The Mendez family has accused Lebanon Physicians for Women of negligence and careless conduct. They are seeking punitive damages, pre-judgment interest, costs including attorney fees, a trial by jury and any other relief to which they may be entitled.
A complaint only gives the plaintiff’s side of a case, and an answer has not yet been filed.